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Difference between Nagaoka 110 and the 200

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Difference between Nagaoka 110 and the 200

Postby The Blacksmith » 21 Jun 2018 01:26

I have the 110 now and I'm considering upgrading to the 200. My question is there a big difference in the two? Is it worth it to upgrade?
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Re: Difference between Nagaoka 110 and the 200

Postby AlwaysAirborne » 21 Jun 2018 03:53

That's a tricky question. I started with the MP-110 and really liked the Nagaoka house sound. I wondered about upgrading so I bought a JN-P200 stylus to try out. The new stylus was a game changer. Everything seemed tighter, faster, and more in focus. Soon after I bought the MP-200. The MP-200 was a further improvement over the MP-110 with the upgraded stylus.

In the end I felt like I spent too much money mucking around. While I consider the MP-200 overpriced I should have just bought it to start with. It sounds really nice in my system and replacement styli are reasonably priced. If I was more budget minded I would have been happy with the MP-110 with the 200 stylus. The difference in sound was primarily one of refinement, although the MP-110 does color the sound with additional upper bass at times. While the MP-200 is a much better cartridge it does come at a high price.
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Re: Difference between Nagaoka 110 and the 200

Postby DeepEnd » 21 Jun 2018 06:35

I also have tried different styli on a (older) Nagaoka body and the 200 is a significant change from the 110 stylus. I tried to show these differences but it’s not quite as easy once the compression used for this. I intend at some point to do a more comprehensive comparison but here is the quick trial

https://youtu.be/zfeL1ar0YOw

In the UK the pricing for a full MP-200 is more of a problem as cartridges like the Goldring G1042 with it’s FGS stylus are much cheaper
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